What does it take to be an English language teacher?
by Professor Jack C Richards
What is it that language teachers need to know and do to be effective classroom practitioners and language teaching professionals? How is this knowledge and practice acquired? And how does it change over time? The issue of language teachers’ knowledge and skill base is fundamental to our understanding of effective teaching and to approaches to language teacher education. In this presentation four aspects of the language teachers’ skills and expertise will be discussed, and how these influence teachers’ understanding and practice of teaching: the teacher’s knowledge base; the teacher’s cognitive and practical skills; the soft skills of language teaching; teachers’ learning pathways.
Professor Jack C Richards is currently an honorary professor in the faculty of education at the University of Sydney and an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Wellington. He has written over 150 books and articles on language teaching as well as many widely used classroom texts including the best-selling Interchange and Four Corners series published by Cambridge University Press. Other textbooks for teachers and teachers in training written by Jack Richards include: Key Issues in Language Teaching, Curriculum Development in Language Teaching, Approaches and Methods in Language, and Jack C Richards’ 50 Tips for Teacher Development (all published with Cambridge). In March 2016, the International TESOL organization honored Jack Richards as one of the 50 TESOL specialists worldwide to have made a significant impact on language teaching in the last 50 years.
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